Glanmire U15s win Premier 1 League Title and are unbeaten in League campaign in 2017: – Glanmire Football Club
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Glanmire U15s win Premier 1 League Title and are unbeaten in League campaign in 2017:

On 12th December 2017, the Glanmire U15s rounded off the playing season with a comprehensive victory in the final of the U15 Premier 1 Central competition overcoming Ballincollig on a scoreline of 6:20 to 2:6.This victory compliments the league victory by the U15 C3 team who overcame Douglas to win league honours a few weeks earlier on the 16th November.


Ballincollig who reached the P1 league final by virtue of a victory over Carrigaline in the semi-final, and having only one loss to Glanmire in the league campaign.Glanmire, who were unbeaten in the league campaign with notable wins over Douglas, Carrigaline, Nemo Rangers, Ballincollig, Inniscarra and Bishopstown, overcame Valley Rovers in the league semi-final in Brinny on 2nd December. On the final night played in the Pike field, the Glanmire U15 team put in one of its most polished performances to date with all players and substitutes contributing to a fantastic team performance. On the night, Ballincollig had chances, particularly in the first half where some near misses and good Glanmire defensive work, kept the Ballincollig scores to a minimum.

From an early stage the Glanmire team outlined its intent when Eric Geary had a cool finish to the back of the net after 2 minutes, after having being sent through on goal by a unselfish pass from Mark Guinnane. Further points by the hard working Alan Doyle in the 10thand 20thminutes, and two further points by Eric Geary in the 15th and 16th minutes kept Glanmire in control at the early stages. Ballincollig had chances during the early stages, but some near misses and excellent defensive work by the back-line trio of Luke Elliot, Luke Egan and James Gibson kept Ballincollig from scoring a major. Additionally,some good reflex saves by Goalkeeper Odhran Sheppard, and sensible varied kick outs,  kept the odds in Glanmire’s favour during the early play. At the other end of the field, Glanmire were unerring in front of goal with points from midfielder Daniel Hogan and last year’s Féile winning captain, Ollie Compton. Strong running by Glanmire’s centre back, Olan Kelleher ending with him pointing from a long-range kick. Good decision making after a patient build up allowed Rory O’Brien get on the score sheet, followed closely by a second major, when Alan Doyle danced around a number of players to finish to the net. James Crowley contributed with a well-earnedpoint, followed by a second point by Rory O’Brien to leave the score at 2:11 to 0:2 at half time.


Following the salutatory lesson the U15s hurlers received three days earlier in the Hurling league finalwhere a significant lead was surrendered, the footballers seemed to have learned from this and kept the momentum going in the second half. The second half scoring was initiated by midfielder Daniel Hogan, and two further points were added quickly by Ollie Compton and Eric Geary. After good work from the Ballincollig midfielders they scored a well worked goal in the 34th minute, but this was cancelled out one minute later when Alan Doyle scored his second goal after a perfect long range pass from David Lynch.The quality of the half back line trio was clearly evident throughout the game with Jake Bowen, Olan Kelleher and David Lynch steadfast all through the game. Further points by Eric Geary, Alan Doyle,and a brace from Ollie Compton kept Glanmire firmly in control. The introduction of the strong running Colm McCarthy at centre forward paid immediate dividends with Colm scoring a point from play. Ballincollig never gave up and scored a second goal in the 50th minute. The introduction of all of the subs didn’t weaken the performance withfurther goals by Daniel Hogan, and two late goals from Mark Guinnane sealing a comprehensive victory for this Glanmire team.


The Glanmire groundsmen and the facilities team were complimented after the game for the great facility, the pitch condition and the “new” scoreboard which added to the occasion.

After the match, the cup was presented to Team Captain Mark Guinnane. After a long campaign, it was a fitting end to the year after a tremendous amount of hard work and great all round team performance on the night. Glanmire abù.

Starting Team:

  1. Odhran Sheppard
  2. Luke Elliot
  3. Luke Egan
  4. James Gibson
  5. Jake Bowen
  6. Olan Kelleher
  7. David Lynch
  8. Mark Guinnane (Captain)
  9. Daniel Hogan
  10. James Crowley
  11. Cathal McCarthy
  12. Rory O’Brien
  13. Alan Doyle
  14. Oliver Compton
  15. Eric Geary

Subs: Colm McCarthy, Darragh Murray, Jeremy Kingston, Tom Fitzgerald, Mark Arnold, Eric Nolan.


Glanmire Scorers:

Alan Doyle, 2:3, Eric Geary 1:5, Mark Guinnane 2:0, Daniel Hogan 1:2, Ollie Compton, 0:5, Rory O’Brien, 0:2, Olan Kelleher 0:1, James Crowley, 0:1, Colm McCarthy, 0:1.


please see attached photos courtesy of Ray Lagrue:


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